1989 sure was a good year for fans of underwater creature-based sci-fi and horror. Most notably, that was the year that James Cameron unleashed his instant classic THE ABYSS into theaters; though genre junkies from my generation probably also recall that both Sean Cunningham’s DEEP STAR SIX and George P. Cosmatos’ LEVIATHAN hit the big screen as well. Of course, neither of those films did massive box office, but both eventually became staples the genre via their prominence on video store shelves and repeated airings on HBO and other cable channels.
If you’re a fan of LEVIATHAN (I am), then you’ve probably already heard that Scream Factory (one of my favorite home video companies) will finally be releasing the movie on Blu-ray this August as part of their “Summer Of Fear” promotional lineup. The question over the last couple of months has been, “What will the disc have on it for features, etc?” Well, we now know, because Scream Factory has officially announced the full details of the release!
According to the official press release, LEVIATHAN will be released on Blu-ray on August 19th, 2014. The release will feature a 1080p HD transfer in the film’s original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and the accompanying audio track will be in DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo (2.0).
As seen in the above image, the cover art will feature the original key poster art for the film. Since this is not a Collector’s Edition, there will be no slipcover, but we will be getting the features listed below:
- (New) Interviews with actors Hector Elizondo and Ernie Hudson
- (New) Interviews with creature effects artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr
- Theatrical Trailer
It might not sound like a lot, but considering that Cosmatos passed away almost 10 years ago, I’m not surprised at all. It’d be nice if Peter Weller had been available, but he is a busy guy, so again, I’m not surprised. Besides, I really enjoy LEVIATHAN a lot, and I will be happy just to have it in HD in my collection (Finally, we can ditch those old MGM flipper-discs!)
The suggested retail price is listed as $24.97, but you can Pre-Order it from Amazon for less right now.
For those interested in the full details of the disc and synopsis of the film, the full announcement is included below:
SCREAM FACTORY PRESENTS
A Film by George P. Cosmatos
Starring Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson,
Michael Carmine, Lisa Eilbacher and Hector Elizondo
DELIVERING THE TRUE MEANING OF UNDERWATER TERROR,
COLLECTIBLE BLU-RAY™ RISES ON HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES AUGUST 19, 2014
Five miles beneath the ocean surface, a crew of underwater miners stumbled upon a haunting secret. What they uncovered will strike terror into our hearts! On August 19, 2014, the long-awaited deep-sea sci-fi creature thriller LEVIATHAN, a film by George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Cobra) finally unleashes on Blu-ray™ for the first time from SCREAM FACTORY™. Starring Peter Weller (Robocop), Richard Crenna (First Blood), Amanda Pays (Max Headroom), Daniel Stern (Home Alone), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Michael Carmine (*Batteries Not Included), Lisa Eilbacher (Beverly Hills Cop) and Hector Elizondo (The Celestine Prophecy), LEVIATHAN features a solid script by veteran screenwriters David Peoples (Blade Runner) and Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive) and amazing creature effects by Stan Winston (Aliens, Predator, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park). Packed with terrifying suspense and creature action, this definitive Blu-ray™ edition is a must-have for sci-fi creature thriller enthusiasts and movie collectors to complete their entertainment library. ($24.97 SRP)
On the dark and forbidding ocean floor, the crew of a deep-sea mission rig discovers a sunken freighter that harbors a deadly secret: a genetic experiment gone horribly wrong. With a storm raging on the surface and no hope of rescue, the captain and his team are propelled into a spine-tingling battle for survival against the ultimate foe – a hideous monster that cannot die...and lives to kill!
LEVIATHAN Blu-ray™ Special Features:
- New Interviews with actors Hector Elizondo, Ernie Hudson and creature effects artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr.
- Theatrical Trailer
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo /1989/Color/98 minutes/R
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